Open Thread: Day 1 of the 2010 NFL Draft

Originally posted: April 22, 2010 1:13 AM PDT

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It's time! [via nfllabor.files.wordpress.com]

You know you've been waiting months for this very day. It's April 22 and the 2010 NFL Draft is finally here! For the first time, the draft is in prime time even though it's just the first round for today. Still, join us right here for all of the discussion surrounding day number one.

Hit the jump for some burning questions and information concerning the first round!

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It's on fire! [via theiowarepublican.com]


Round 1: Five Burning Questions

 

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Will more or less people tune into the draft this year because of the time change? [via www.saveourlittlevillage.org]

1.) How will moving the draft to prime time effect the future of the draft?

Starting off on a lighter note, I am intrigued by the NFL's date and time for the first round of the draft. I'd rather have the first three rounds on Saturday and then everything else on a Sunday, though. Still, I am looking forward to the ratings for this thing on a Thursday night as opposed to a Saturday afternoon. If the ratings are good enough, maybe the NFL will move more of the rounds to Thursday night. If the ratings disappoint, maybe we'll go back to the old format.

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Quarterback Sam Bradford won the 2008 Heisman Trophy after his sophomore year. [via brightcove.vo.llnwd.net]

2.) After Sam Bradford, then what?

It's been pretty obvious for a week or two now (if not longer) that the St. Louis Rams are going to select quarterback Sam Bradford out of the University of Oklahoma will the first pick in the draft. Everything else after that, however, is largely a mystery except for maybe Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy and Russell Okung going shortly thereafter to the Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins respectively. Teams slotted outside of the top four can go in a multitude of directions including even trading out of their respective spot.

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Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's days in Pittsburgh could be numbered. [via assets.nydailynews.com]

3.) Will anyone make a serious play for Ben Roethlisberger?

You may have heard that Pittsburgh Steelers are shopping "troubled" quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Several rumors and/or reports have said this, that and the other thing; however, there does appear to be some legitimate interest from teams including our very own Oakland Raiders. There is no doubt that a Roethlisberger trade would definitely impact the landscape of the draft should a deal get done considering draft picks are pretty valuable. As of right now, if I was a gambling man, I wouldn't bet on a trade happening. Still, you never really do know.

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Safety Eric Berry could be targeted by teams not currently in the top 10. [via www.onlineathens.com]

4.) Will any team trade out of the top 10?

Numerous rumors and/or reports have suggested that there are some teams wanting to move out. Teams associated with this move are the Detroit Lions (picking second), the Kansas City Chiefs (picking fifth) and our Oakland Raiders (picking eighth). Although it seems unlikely, if the draft doesn't break right for one of those teams, something could get involving those teams. A wild card I'd throw out there are the Washington Redskins. The Redskins are sorely lacking draft picks and they are heavily rumored to be targeting offensive tackle Russell Okung out of Oklahoma State. Trading down, maybe the Redskins can acquire some picks for the weekend and then take an offensive lineman later on. Someone could jump in at Washington's spot and pounce on somebody they like that could reshape the first round moving forward.

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Quarterback Jimmy Clausen would be a flashy pick, but is it the right one? [via www.midwestsportsfans.com]

5.) What will the Oakland Raiders do with the eighth overall selection?

This is obviously the million dollar question. I'm sure you know every scenario by now. Could we acquire Ben Roethlisberger with this pick involved in a trade? If not, will we turn to Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen? Will we draft an offensive tackle? Will we look to the interior of the offensive line? Will we look to the secondary if safety Eric Berry of Tennessee falls or perhaps cornerback Joe Haden of Florida? Will it be in the other areas of defense, particularly the defensive line with defensive end Derrick Morgan of Georgia Tech being the pick or perhaps a defensive tackle? Will it be somebody I didn't even mention? Tune in to find out.

2010 NFL Draft Programming Information

Time: 4:30 p.m. PT
Television: ESPN and NFL Network
Radio: ESPN Radio (check local affiliates) and KNBR-AM 680

2010 NFL Draft Order (Round 1)

  1. St. Louis Rams
  2. Detroit Lions
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  4. Washington Redskins
  5. Kansas City Chiefs
  6. Seattle Seahawks
  7. Cleveland Browns
  8. Oakland Raiders
  9. Buffalo Bills
  10. Jacksonville Jaguars
  11. Denver Broncos (from Chicago Bears)
  12. Miami Dolphins
  13. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina Panthers)
  14. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver Broncos)
  15. New York Giants
  16. Tennessee Titans
  17. San Francisco 49ers
  18. Pittsburgh Steelers
  19. Atlanta Falcons
  20. Houston Texans
  21. Cincinnati Bengals
  22. New England Patriots
  23. Green Bay Packers
  24. Philadelphia Eagles
  25. Baltimore Ravens
  26. Arizona Cardinals
  27. Dallas Cowboys
  28. San Diego Chargers
  29. New York Jets
  30. Minnesota Vikings
  31. Indianapolis Colts
  32. New Orleans Saints
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